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WWII Veteran Donates His Body to Science

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:11 PM EDT

Sixty-nine years ago on June 6th, Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France which changed the course of World War II. Veterans of all generations were honored on the anniversary of D-Day in Pikesville.

FOX45’s Paul Gessler learned that it is the veteran’s service, even in death, which is receiving special recognition.

Elisabeth Minacapelli has waited six months for the time to bury her husband, Charles, who died in December. The two met when he was a US Army soldier, during World War II. They were married for 66-years. Charles was a proud military man, and was married to his German bride in 1948.

Charles’ last mission was served in an anatomy lab. He, along with 6 other veterans, donated their bodies to the University of Maryland Medical School. Elisabeth has made the same decision to donate her body to science when the time comes.

According to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs there are 1.7 million US World War II veterans still alive.

WWII Veteran Donates His Body to Science


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